Ways of Social Change: Making Sense of Modern Times (2nd Revised edition)

Ways of Social Change: Making Sense of Modern Times (2nd Revised edition)

By: Garth M. Massey (author)Paperback

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Ways of Social Change is a primer for making sense of both rapidly moving events and the cultural and structural forces on which social life is built, while teaching critical thinking skills needed to understand social change. With an approach that is fresh, timely, challenging, and engaging, Ways of Social Change shows students how social change is both a lived experience and the result of our actions in the world. It invites the reader into the realm of social science, where clarification, understanding, and inquiry provide for both informed opinions and a path to effective involvement. The core of the book focuses on five forces that powerfully influence the direction, scope and speed of social change: science and technology, social movements, war and revolution, large corporations, and the state. A concluding chapter encourages students to examine their own perspectives and offers ways to engage in social change, now and in their lifetime.

About Author

Garth Massey (PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington) is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wyoming where he was Director of International Studies (1998-2008) and a faculty member in Sociology (1974-2008). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (1979-80), the University of Zagreb, Yugoslavia (1986-88), the University of Goedoelloe, Hungary (1993-4), Flinders University, Australia (2002), Truman Institute, Israel (2003), and taught in London (1998). His research has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, and The American Sociological Review. In addition to Ways of Social Change, he authored Subsistence and Change: Lessons of Agropastoralism in Somalia (Westview) and edits Readings for Sociology (W.W.Norton). He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, writing and working on Indian voting rights.

Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1. The Personal Experience of Social Change A Twentieth-Century Life: Iris Summers Personal Change and Social Change The Rise of Civilization and the Two Master Trends in Modern Times Iris Summers' Time and Place in Global Context The More Things Change ... Drivers of Social Change Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study Chapter 2. Recognizing Social Change Ways of Recognizing Social Change Inquiry Into Social Change Generations and Social Change Cohort, Age, and Period Effects of Social Change Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study Chapter 3. Understanding and Explaining Social Change First Steps in Understanding Change Society as an Evolving System Society as the Site of Conflict, Power, and the Resolution of Contraditions Making Sense of Modern Times Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study Chapter 4. Technology, Science, and Innovation: The Social Consequences of New Knowledge and New Ways to Do Things The Technology of Literacy Changing Technology and Centuries of Change Technology as an Agent of Social Change The Science-Technology Nexus Innovation and Social Change Technology and the Question of Western Expansion Technology and Social Change in the Periphery Resistance to Technology or Resistance to Change? Technology Transfer: The Global Spread of Technology Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study Chapter 5. Social Movements: Social Change Through Contention Politics by Other Means What Is a Social Movement? Linking Social Movements to Social Change Social Movements and Resistance to Social Change Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study Chapter 6. War, Revolution, and Social Change: Political Violence and Structured Coercion War as Coercive Politics Not All Wars Are the Same War as an Instrument of Social Change Revolution and Social Transformation War, Revolution, and Resistance to Social Change Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study Chapter 7. Corporations in the Modern Era: The Commercial Transformation of Material Life and Culture Large Corporations in Modern Times The Corporation's History of Transformation How Large Corporations Direct Social Change Large Corporations and Resistance to Social Change Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study Chapter 8. The State and Social Change: The Uses of Public Resources for the Common Good Strong States and Social Change Public Health: Reducing Disease and Accidental Death as a Public Good National Progress Through the Control of Nature The Judicial Road to Civil Rights State-Driven Social Change in Modern China Resistance to State-Directed Social Change Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study Chapter 9. Making Social Change: Engaging a Desire for Social Change Three Contrasting Visions The Future - Predictable and Otherwise Using Your Human Agency Vocations of Social Change Agency and Ethical Responsibility Activism as a Part of Life Social Change Happens Topics for Discussion and Activities for Further Study References Name Index Subject Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781506306629
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9781506306629
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 1506306624
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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